September 4 & 5, 2006.
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September 7 & 8, 2006.

The Scottish Blind Golf Society will be hosting one of the biggest and best events in disabled golf when they welcome you to Edinburgh, the capital city of the "Home of Golf" for the first week in September. Ratho Park Golf Club, situated on the western edge of the city, close to the international airport will be the venue, where secretary Craig Innes and his staff will provide a superb parkland course of just under 6000 yards, with gorgeous manicured fairways and a fine historic clubhouse for your relaxation.

This part of our website is devoted to this event so please check back again, as more information will be added as it develops. Just click on the links below to find out all you'll need to know.

Please note that some of the timings and small scheduling detail will likely be adjusted as we approach the fine tuning stages of the event .

This page was last updated at: 7:05 PM 26/7/06

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The Weeks Programme at a Glance

Here is a brief outline of what is happening on each day of the event.

Sunday, September 3

Monday, September 4

Tuesday, September 5

Wednesday, September 6

Thursday September 7

Friday September 8

Saturday September 9

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Ratho Park Golf Club

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Ratho Park Golf Club

Ratho Park Golf Club is situated on the west side of Edinburgh, less than seven miles from the city centre, the famous castle and Holyrood Palace, and just over two miles from the international airport at Turnhouse.

This easy walking course of under 6000 yaards has a variety of challenging holes of varying length, flanked by the Union Canal, the parkland landscape is encircled with trees.

Craig Innes, the club Secretary & Manager, along with experienced stewardess Arlene Dowling, will be well prepared to make our event a top success, and Callum McCulloch and his catering team will make sure your fully nourished! The professional, Alan Pate offers a wide variety of services including equipment repair, and important items to blind golfers such as course planners. Your guide will expect you to buy one...

You can take a look here at the Ratho Park Golf Club website for much more information such as dress codes around the club, cards of the course and even some snippets of history which you'll find most interesting.

The 18 hole challenge at a glance

1 Corstorphine 258 4 11
2 The Doocot 359 4 13
3 Rath-o 282 4 15
4 The Avenue 386 4 5
5 The plateau 421 4 1
6 Criss Cross 389 4 7
7 The Lodge 383 4 3
8 The Captain 169 3 17
9 The Spinney 379 4 9
  OUT: 3026 35  
10 Rest & Be Thankful 308 4 12
11 The Long Hole 519 5 6
12 Seven Sisters 170 3 16
13 The Roondel 164 3 14
14 Braid's Test 463 4 2
15 Sandy Hollow 161 3 18
16 The glade 380 4 8
17 Paddock Holm 381 4 4
18 The Terrace 360 4 10
  IN: 2906 34  
  OUT: 3026 35  
  TOTAL: 5932 69  

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The Edinburgh Marriott Hotel

A modern newly refurbished hotel ideally situated within the business district of Edinburgh just 2 miles from Edinburgh Airport and major routes in and out of Scotland. A high standard of bedroom fully equipped with tea tray, iron & board, sky tv, work desk, trouser press, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and modem point. Your choice of two restaurants both formal and Cafe Bar. All complemented with an indoor swimming pool and extensive leisure facilities.

The hotel comprises of 4 floors, with 241 rooms, and 4 suites, with free on site parking. Your normal check in times are after 2pm, and vacation of rooms on check out should be made by 11am.

The full postal address and telephone number is:

111 Glasgow Road, Edinburgh, EH12 8NF.

Telephone: +44 [0] 131 334 9191.

You can check out more information by clicking here for the Edinburgh Marriott Hotel website

The Ellersly House Hotel

Ellersly House Hotel is a traditional three star hotel, situated just outside Edinburgh city centre. This charming Edwardian property is set in its own picturesque grounds and offers a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the central Edinburgh. With spacious rooms and modern amenities, Ellersly House Hotel is perfect for both holidaymakers and those on business. When you want to explore Edinburgh's many attractions, you'll find the city centre is just ten minutes away via car or public transport.

Address: Ellersly Road, Edinburgh EH12 6HZ

Tel: 0131 337 6888

NB. Please note that if you require any information about your accommodation during the golf event, including additional rooms for extra guests, please contact the Tournament Organising Team, and NOT directly with the hotel. We have secured specific arrangements and tariffs for the duration of our golf event which may well be of more beneifit to you.

Administration Team, Schedules & Deadlines


Here are the people in Scottish Blind golf who will be at the heart of the organisation of this event. If you would like to contact them, please E mail the 2006 Organising Team here....

Rather than publish personal details of these people on here, someone from the team will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

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Alistair Reid - Chairman of SBGS comes from Stonehaven, will be involved in many aspects of the event, including your tournament welcome and dealing with some of the press and media

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John Miller - Secretary of SBGS,hails from Glasgow, and will also be heavily involved, looking after your transport to and from the hotel, and many other tasks that will need attention for your stay.

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Jim McDiarmid - guides for his son Cameron, who is the current World Invitational Champion and 2005 Order of Merit winner, lives locally here in Edinburgh, and being fully sighted, is a vital member of our team.

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Gerry kelly - from Troon, will be the golfing guru for the tournament. He will be specifically involved with Craig Innes, the golf club secretary, who will hold the position of Tournament Director.

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Robin Clayden - from Dunfermline, is mainly responsible for this website, your applications and payments, and fixing up your hotel arrangements, transport and final night presentation dinner plans.

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Peter Philip - from Edinburgh, is the new SBGS Vice Captain and will be on hand to keep everything flowing at the golf club

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Tournament Director: The secretary of Ratho Park Golf club, Craig Innes, will oversee much of what is happening during the actual competition playing time, so this will allow the rest of us to take a step back and concentrate our efforts in competing for the championships with you.


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Competition Formats & Player Eligibility

World Invitational 2006

British Blind Golf Open

All competitors must be registered as blind or partially sighted, hold a valid sight classification form and recognised handicap as specified for each event. They must also be a member of an IBGA affiliated country, or a recognised associate member of IBGA.

How To Apply

Applications now closed.

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Prices & how To Pay

Late entries or reserves will be contacted directly re any payments.

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Travel Options & Directions

The Edinburgh Marriott Hotel is situated just beside the Maybury roundabout on the main route west out of the city on the Glasgow Road. It is very handy for the international airport and lies also very close to the city bypass. From the Marriott, continue towards the city centre on St Johns Road and Corstorphine Road for around two miles, passsing Edinburgh Zoo on your left. At Western Corner, the next set of lights, turn left and your in Ellersly Road, where the Ellersly House Hotel will come up on your right hand side.

Here are your best options and directions, should you need further detail, please E-mail the Event Organising Team Here!





Local Weather For Edinburgh in September

Here is the official weather forecast for Ratho and Edinburgh, the corresponding week, taken and issued on the morning of Monday, September 5, 2005. The temperatures quoted are taken from stations several hundred feet above ground level, so it should be 2 or 3 degrees warmer down on the fairways!

Although it's certain we won't have snow, it is likely you will experience a mixed bag of sun, wind and rain, but how much of each element is entirely up to the big fella up in the sky.... You can probably leave your tailored shorts at home, but don't forget a sweater, the trusty brolly, and lightweight waterproofs!

Here is what we got for this week in 2005:

Day & date
Ave temp
Humidity %
Monday, Sept 5 Sunrise: 06:22 BST
Sunset: 20:00 BST
Mondays predominant weather is forecast to be light showers Day: 20?C
Night: 13?C
Tuesday, Sept 6 Sunrise: 06:24 BST
Sunset: 19:57 BST
Tuesdays predominant weather is forecast to be sunny intervals Day:19?C
Night: 13?C
Wednesday, Sept 7 Sunrise: 06:26 BST
Sunset: 19:55 BST
Wednesdays predominant weather is forecast to be sunny intervals Day: 19?C
Night: 12?C
Thursday, Sept 8 Sunrise: 06:28 BST
Sunset: 19:52 BST
Thursdays predominant weather is forecast to be light rain Day: 17?C
Night: 10?C
Friday, Sept 9 Sunrise: 06:30 BST
Sunset: 19:50 BST
Fridays predominant weather is forecast to be light showers Day: 17?C
Night: 11?C

If you would like to compare your own country or city using the same resource, you can click here for the BBC World Weather forecasts website

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SBGS Sponsors For Tournaments 2006

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The City of Edinburgh Council

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Updated 7:16 PM 26/7/06

If at any time, you decide that you cannot take part, or choose to cancel your interest, it is vital that you contact the organising team immediately.

Here are the names of all competitors taking part in the tournament.



Northern Ireland:









If your name is not shown above, and you have submittede your application, well you had better E mail the organising team right away!

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